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State regulators trim proposed United Illuminating electric rate increase

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NEW BRITAIN — Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has trimmed approximately $40 million from the rate increase requested by electricity distributor United Illuminating Company.

PURA released its proposed final decision Wednesday. Commissioners will issue a final ruling Dec. 14.

UI requested a rate increase to address operating deficiencies. The company proposed increasing residential customer rates by roughly 5 percent in each of the next three years, beginning Jan. 1.

PURA’s decision reduces the rate increase to 2.1-to-2.7 percent beginning January 1.

UI’s request was to address deficiencies of approximately $66 million in 2017, $20 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019. PURA’s decision will still allow revenue to increase approximately $41 million in 2017; $14.4 million in 2018 and $3.4 million in 2019.

UI serves approximately 330,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas.

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